Oct 25, 2012 5:39am
Songs from Carlos Gardel film in the public domain
Can anyone confirm that the film Cuesta Abajo is in the public domain?
The film was made in 1934 by Paramount. This DVD version (2006) on Amazon is what I would like to find out about: http://www.amazon.com/Cuesta-Abajo-Anita-Campillo/dp/B0002NLK4U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&
I started by checking if the film was registered here: http://cocatalog.loc.gov/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&
...and there are many copyrights held for the song with the same name but nothing under "motion picture".
I would like to use the song "Mi Buenos Aires Querido" from the film Cuesta Abajo in a documentary film that I am producing. Although the commercial recording of the song is not in the public domain because it is held by Sony and EMI, I believe that the song as it appears in the film is in the public domain.
Any advice about how to verify this would be much appreciated.